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Michael and I will know each other only in Morocco

Michael and I will know each other only in Morocco

I make Michael dinner the night I tell him I’ve decided I would like him to kiss me.We eat on a rooftop overlooking Marrakech, the sandstone buildings of the old medina to one side and the sleek lights of the new city on the other. Satellite dishes dot the top of homes until the edge of the city, where palm trees are visible in the shadow of mountains.

The insane disparity between my job as a teacher, and the violent protests on the streets of Cambodia

The insane disparity between my job as a teacher, and the violent protests on the streets of Cambodia

At 5:30am, Phnom Penh hulks unlit beneath a dirty orange moon. My bike tires clatter over shards of porcelain tile filling the potholes on Street 480, then hiss over the wet pavement where a shopkeeper sprays the grit off 271.I start teaching today; I’m thinking about the lesson I stayed up to perfect.

The persistence of humans: A talk with author Amit Majmudar

The persistence of humans: A talk with author Amit Majmudar

Speaking with author Amit Majmudar, I realize how new the world has become. The writer/radiologist from Columbus, Ohio, sounds as young as the guys in the bars in the East Village where I live. (He is 33.) But I emphasize new, not young. The world becomes new when defined in new ways instead of by old interpretations.

The shocking science behind Dad Jokes

The shocking science behind Dad Jokes

HERE’S A NOT-SO-FUNNY JOKE for you: What has two legs, is recently married with a child, and has the sense of humor of a Mormon camp counselor? Answer: all my friends.If you’re like me, and you’ve noticed a precipitous drop in edginess, and a dramatic increase in corniness amongst recent dads, you’re not alone.

Saying goodbye to our Marley

Saying goodbye to our Marley

I shifted my weight from one foot to the other; the brittle tufts of yellowed grass rose and flattened like bundles of glass noodles in the patches beneath my slippers. I shouldn’t have been wearing slippers outside. We stood in a line looking into our shadows, or at the sun’s harsh, naked imprint on the dead lawn.

How to join the Mile High Club

How to join the Mile High Club

Plan ahead.If joining the Mile High Club is a spontaneous decision, you probably won’t be reading this article (unless you’re on a plane with wifi and you’re looking for some help, so I’ll keep it quick). Otherwise, planning ahead can make things easier. Don’t wear underwear and choose clothes that can easily be removed or zipped open (skirts are a must here).